IWDG Consulting provided an experienced Marine Mammal Observer during dredging operations in the Shannon Estuary. The estuary is home to the only resident population of resident Bottlenose dolphins in Ireland and is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC). As such it is essential that the effects of any proposed works be mitigated against. Our consultant was onsite for the duration of the project implementing the NPWS “Guidance to Manage the Risk to Marine Mammals from Man Made Sound Sources in Irish Waters.”
IWDG Consulting have been awarded a six-year contract to deliver the Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan associated with the Alexandra Basin Re-development project being rolled out by Dublin Port. IWDG are sub-contractors to RPS and are responsible for implementing the conditions of license recently issued bu An Bord plenala. As part of the mitigation plan, SAM and real-time PAM will be deployed to aid mitigation as well as provision of MMOs for visual mitigation and monthly seal surveys. Chief Science Officer with the IWDG Dr Simon Berrow said “This is an exciting project to be involved with as Dublin Bay has such a wealth of marine wildlife. This project enables us not only to ensure any impacts are minimal and not significant but to improve our knowledge and understanding of such an important site for marine mammals”.
IWDG Consulting has just finished implementing MMO requirements at Dingle Harbour was completed last week with demolition of an old slip and dredging of the inner harbour completed ahead of schedule. The client was the DAFF through BAM Engineering and took 3 months including 12 hour days running up to Christmas. This follows recent completion of dredging works in Crosshaven, Cork for the Royal Cork Yacht Club and monitoring piling activities in Cobh for the Port of Cork.